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PGMC adult cabaret sold out

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PGMC's annual adult cabaret

My first performance with Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will be tomorrow evening.  It’s annual adult cabaret, this year entitled Burlesque!, is already sold out.  PGMC is one of the few arts organisations in Oregon doing well in the current economic climate.  Ticket sales for all its concerts have been increasing steadily over the past five years.  Its ABBA/Queen concert last spring was sold out several weeks in advance and a third performance was put on which also sold out.  Following on that success, next spring’s concert has a Mowtown theme.
For tomorrow’s show, I am a member of the cabaret ensemble, a small chamber choir of the chorus.  Preparations have been at a far more intense level than the more laid-back approach at home in Ireland: with four major shows each year, this is hardly surprising.  My favourite of our songs has us singing ‘My Favorite Things’ in a way Mary Poppins – I hope – wouldn’t approve of!  Suffice it to say, our costumes would do great justice to any gay pride march.  Our showpiece is ‘Big Pretender’, a parody on ‘Big Spender’ which sends up several anti-gay politicians and others who were caught in flagrante delicto in recent times and were pilloried by the US media for their hypocrisy.  This piece concludes with the punchline: ‘… no more happy endings for you!’  🙂

Let the fun and games begin!


Written by Frank McMullan

15 October 2010 at 18:37

Posted in PDXGMC

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